Smart-home systems should improve the quality of life of its users while protecting their privacy

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McMaster Optimal Aging Portal
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Review question

  • What are the different types of technology-based strategies available to help older adults living independently in their homes, and to what extent do these technologies protect the privacy of their users?

Background

  • Older adults prefer to live in their homes rather than in a facility even when they require specialized care. Care in nursing homes requires high costs and high numbers of healthcare professionals.
  • Artificial intelligence (AI) can be used in smart-home technology to monitor the activities of older adults and support caregivers. This will allow older adults to live more independently and have an improved quality of life.
  • User privacy is a concern raised by smart-home technologies. The technology needs to be non-intrusive and protect the privacy of users.

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